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Kamei, Yoshiyuki 亀井 善行 (かめい・よしゆき)
Yomiuri Giants | #9 | OF
Born: 07/27/1982 (age 35)
Height: 178cm
Weight: 82kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: AB
Hometown: Nara
Draft: 2004, 4th Round
History: 上宮太子高(甲)-中大
Roster Changes: removed 06/15/2016, added 09/01/2016
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[11/10/2017] at home Hero of the Year

The at home Hero of the Year award went to Yoshiyuki Kamei for his performance against Lotte on June 18.

Source: Yomiuri announcement

Winners from the season:

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[7/13/2017] at home Hero Award for June

The at home Hero Award for June was given to Yoshiyuki Kamei for his walk-off home run game against Lotte on June 18. The Giants won the game 7-5.

The Giants trailed the Marines 5-3 at the start of the bottom of the twelfth. Hayato Sakamoto recorded an RBI double and Casey McGehee was intentionally walked. With runners on first and second, Kamei drilled a walk-off home run to right. It was the sixth walk-off home run of his career.

Source: at home announcement, box score

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[7/12/2017] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for June

Central League

Yoshiyuki Kamei, Yomiuri (First Time)

June 18 vs Chiba at Tokyo Dome. Bottom of the 12th inning and the Giants down 5-4. Runners on first and second and one out. Kamei hits a come-from-behind, walk-off three-run home run to give the Giants a 7-5 victory.

The Giants took an early lead with a home run by Shinnosuke Abe in the second inning. They added another run in the third and took a 3-0 lead in the fourth with Abe’s second home run of the game. Lotte scored a run in the fifth and tied the game at three in the eighth. Kamei stepped into the batter’s box after a intentional walks to Casey McGehee in the eighth and tenth innings, but fouled out and struck out, respectively. He once against stepped into the batter’s box after an intentional walk to McGehee in the twelfth inning and this time took advantage of the situation.

Pacific League

Shuhei Fukuda, Softbank (First Time)

June 25 vs Seibu at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the ninth with a runner on first and two out. Hawks trail the Lions 6-5.  Fukuda hits a walk-off two-run home run to give Softbank a 7-6 win.

The Hawks scored a run in the first inning. The Lions tied the score at one in the third and took a four-run lead in the fourth. The Hawks chipped away at the lead with a two-run home run by Yuya Hasegawa in the sixth and a timely hit by Tomoki Takata in the seventh. But the Lions tacked on another run in the eighth. The Hawks closed to within a run in the bottom-half of the inning. Yuki Yanagita recorded a one-out infield hit in the ninth. One out later, Fukuda recorded the first walk-off of his career: a come-from-behind, two-out, two-run home run.

Source: NPB 7/12/2017

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Yoshiyuki Kamei: Did You Know

Milestones

June 18, 2017 vs Lotte at Tokyo Dome – Kamei blasted the sixth walk-off home run, fifth in extra innings, of his career. The six walk-off home runs is good for a third place tie with Tomohiro Nioka on the Yomiuri Giants’ all-time list, behind Sadaharu Oh (eight), Shigeo Nagashima, and Shinnosuke Abe (both seven). The five in extra innings set a new franchise record. The previous record of four was held by Nagashima and Hideki Matsui.

Additionally, Kamei became the fourth player in franchise history to hit a walk-off, come-from-behind home run in extra innings. He is the first player in franchise history to overcome a lead larger than two runs.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/19/2017, Sponichi 6/19/2017

September 25, 2017 vs Yakult at Jingu Stadium – Kamei blasted the Yomiuri Giants’ 9,999th home run in the seventh inning off Kazuki Kondo.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2017

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